Reading Books

Reading Books

The Reading scheme books we send home cover a range of books from Oxford University Press - this includes Oxford Reading Tree, non-fiction, traditional tales, hero academy, project X.  Many texts are available as ebooks via the Oxford Owl website - check your OneNote link to find your login details. 

Synthetic Phonics: We currently deliver phonics using Phonics Play which is based on Letters and Sounds (30 minutes per day in Reception, 50 minutes in Year 1).  We are currently planning to alter the way phonics is delivered in school - we will keep you posted on changes in the coming weeks.

All children take home reading books each week, some of the older children may take them home and return them to school daily. Every child is also part of a guided reading group which takes place once a week.

In Early Years, children currently bring home one book each week.  Some wordless books are shared initially that encourage children to handle books correctly, turn pages and understand the sequence of the story from beginning to end. Text is introduced quickly, and books begin to reflect phonic teaching from the week - encourage your child to 'sound out and blend' words.  We encourage parents to share the book several times during the week, in a range of ways -  your child can read to you and a range of family members,  play 'spot the sound', follow the text from left to right with your finger.  Be sure to use lots of praise to support confidence and enjoyment.

In Key Stage 1, all children will bring home two books each week.  One book will be a decodable book matched to phonic teaching - this will focus on 'sounding out and blending' skills, as well as recognition of harder to read and spell words.  The second book may also be a phonic book to allow your child to practice with a different text, or it may be a book that focuses on developing comprehension or inference skills.  Once children can decode independently and are confident with phonic skills, they will progress to other reading skills: inference, comprehension, fluency and expression.

In Key Stage 2 all children read their class novel for at least one lesson a week and discuss themes and events as a class.

Throughout all foundation subjects children are given the opportunity to read books and extracts to further develop their reading skills.